Dewey B. Farmer, 88, Clayton

CLAYTON, NY — Dewey B. Farmer, 88, Clayton, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 18, 2018, at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at St. Mary’s Church with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Burial with military honors will follow in Sackets Harbor Military Cemetery.

Born April 17, 1930, in Watertown, a son of Dewey and Grace A. Heard Farmer, he was educated in Watertown schools.

Mr. Farmer joined the Naval Reserves and was called to active duty on Aug.7, 1951. He was proud of his service aboard the USS Krishna and was honorably discharged on June 26, 1953.

He married Sally A. Brabant on June 27, 1959, at St. Mary’s Church with Fr. Lawrence Deno officiating.

Dewey worked in the Saturation Department at Knowlton Bros., Watertown, for 13 years. He began his 23 year career as a custodian at Clayton Central School and then at 1000 Islands High School and retired as senior custodian. After his retirement he worked for Gray’s Wholesale in several capacities for seven years.

He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.

In his younger years he was a member of the Boy Scouts.

Dewey was a 20 year active member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department and currently was an exempt member. He was a 48-year member of the American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821.

He enjoyed being a handyman, working with wood and mechanics, and also any type of remodeling.

His greatest joy was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Along with his wife, Sally, Dewey is survived by his three children, Debra M. Farmer, John D. Farmer and wife, Mary, and Robert F. Farmer and wife, Amy, all of Clayton; four grandchildren, Joshua, Nicole, Tyler, and Kristin; two great grandchildren, Ariah and Remi; a brother, Richard Farmer and wife, Dorothy, Fairport; a sister, June A. Farmer Champney, Albany; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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